Walk length: 5.5 mile circular walk
Starting Point: Studley Green Garden Store, near Stokenchurch HP14 3UB
A 5.5 mile circular walk through beautiful Chilterns valleys with panoramic views, ancient beech woods and rolling farmland. This is close to the place where the red kites were first introduced in the 1990s and you are sure to see these magnificent birds
The Red Kite walk takes you from the Studley Green garden store, across the A40 and straight into lovely countryside, starting gently through fields. Once through he village of Radnage, the route drops steeply downhill through beautiful beechwoods to the picturesque hamlet of Bennett End. From here the route loops over a steep hill to the ancient Radnage Church, dating from the 13th century and still containing some of its original wall paintings. From the Church the route then continues through chalk downland, with wonderful views over the unspoilt Radnage Valley. In summer the chalk downland has lots of wild flowers and butterflies. The final leg of the route takes you through Bottom Wood, an ancient wood containing a wide range of trees, including many wild cherries. In early May there are wonderful displays of bluebells.
2 stiles, several steep uphill slopes, paths likely to be muddy in winter and slippery when wet.
The Studley Green Garden Store has a café. The Crown at Radnage and the Mash Inn at Bennett End are just off the walking route, but well worth a small diversion.
These circular walks are part of the Chilterns Country series of walking routes produced by the Chilterns Conservation Board. You can download a free leaflet for it which has a route map and detailed route directions, plus lots of other useful information. Download it from http://www.chilternsaonb.org/products/downloads.html. It’s also part of the free Handheld Tours app.
The inaugural Chilterns Walking Festival is just 6 weeks away now and we have 89 walks and events on offer. There are still a few trickling in which will be added to the website http://www.visitchilterns.co.uk/walkingfest.html
There is a huge choice of activity and we are delighted to have such an interesting and varied programme, please do take a look, take part and help spread the word! It is a great opportunity to see a different part of the Chilterns or try a different activity.